Durga Thangarajah was born on May 31, 2008. When she was born she was hailed as a miracle. It seems that Durga had fastened herself to and grew inside of her mother's ovary. Only about one in 100,000 babies are successfully delivered when they develop outside of their mother's womb (usually in a liver or an intestine). But the odds of a successful birth to a baby that develops inside its mother's ovary is about one in a million. Dr. Andrew Miller who delivered the baby said, "I deliver up to 520 babies a year here privately, and I've never seen anything like this before.
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.